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10 Commandments to Live By

Friday, Aug, 23 2013


  These are like the Ten Commandments to follow in life all of the time!


  1.  Prayer is not a "spare wheel" that you pull out when in   trouble, but it is a "steering wheel" that directs the right path throughout the journey.


  2.  So why is a Car's WINDSHIELD so large & the Rear View Mirror so small?    Because our PAST is not as important as our FUTURE. So, Look Ahead and Move on.


  3.  Friendship is like a BOOK. It takes a few minutes to burn, but it takes years to write.


  4.  All things in life are temporary. If going well, enjoy it, they will not last forever. If going wrong, don't worry, they can't last long either.


  5.  Old Friends are Gold! New Friends are Diamond! If you get a Diamond, don't forget the Gold! Because to hold a Diamond, you always need a Base of Gold!


  6.  Often when we lose hope and think this is the end, GOD smiles from above and says, "Relax, sweetheart, it's just a bend, not the end!


  7.  When GOD solves your problems, you have faith in HIS abilities; when GOD doesn't solve your problems HE has faith in your abilities.


  8.  A blind person asked Saint Anthony: "Can there be anything worse than losing eye sight?" He replied: "Yes, losing your vision!"


  9.  When you pray for others, God listens to you and blesses them, and sometimes, when you are safe and happy, remember that someone has prayed for you.


  10.  WORRYING does not take away tomorrow's TROUBLES, it takes away today's PEACE.

posted by: Kathy Keene 15 month(s) ago Comment On This Post


Sounds Your Kids Have Never Heard

Thursday, Aug, 22 2013

SOUNDS THAT YOUR KIDS HAVE PROBABLY NEVER HEARD

Who knew that some noises could eventually become as extinct as the passenger pigeon? Depending on your age, you or your kids or grandchildren may have only heard some of the following sounds in old movies, if at all.

Rotary Dial Telephone
The formerly familiar swooosh as the caller rotated the dial clockwise to the "finger stop" and then the click-click-click as the dial returned counter-clockwise to the start position.

Manual Typewriter
Manual typewriters had an entire subset of unique sounds that made them immediately identifiable...at one time. The keys clacked loudly as they struck the paper, the carriage lifted up with a distinct clunk when the shift key was employed, and then there was the ping of the bell warning you that you were nearing the end of the line. That meant you had to lift your left hand from the keyboard and swipe at the carriage return lever, which caused a sort of ziiiiip noise as you pushed the carriage back to the starting position.

Coffee Percolator
If steampunk had an aural definition, it would be the bloop-hissss of an old school coffee percolator.
Flash Cube
The loud rapid-fire click-clack of an Instamatic camera equipped with a flash cube was a common background sound at any social gathering in the 1960s. It was a technological breakthrough to be able to snap off four – count 'em, four-photos in rapid succession without having to pause and install a new flash bulb after every shot.

TV Channel Selector
When announcers of yesteryear used to admonish viewers, "Don't touch that dial!", they were referring to the channel selector knobs found on TV sets. The standard TV dial went from 2 to 13, and you had to click on each number as you searched for one of the three channels that broadcast in your area. That meant a lot of clunk clunk-ing interspersed with the static-y sound of "snow" on the blank stations.

Record Changer
Record changers allowed you to stack a selection of albums of 45’s (seven-inch singles, not guns!) for your longer-term listening pleasure. Each record would make a soft slap sound as it dropped onto the turntable, a series of clicks followed as the remaining records adjusted into place and the tone arm swung over and lowered the needle into the outer grooves of the record. You'd hear the slightest scritch noise as the stylus settled just so into the vinyl and then (finally!) the music began.

Gas Station Driveway Bell
Back in the days when all gas stations were full-service, the thin black pneumatic hose that snaked across the pavement was as familiar as the fuel pumps. When vehicles drove over the hose, a loud bell ding-dinged inside the station, alerting the attendant that he had another customer.
TV Station Sign-Off
Before infomercials were invented, television stations actually went off the air for a few hours each night. Some of us TV-holics experienced physical withdrawal symptoms when we heard the announcer intone, "We now conclude our broadcast day..." around 2AM or so. The format varied little from station to station across the country; first a few technical details were announced (broadcast frequency, physical address of the station, etc.), followed by the National Anthem, and then the steady beep tone of the test pattern.

Cash Register
Those chunka-chunka push buttons were clumsy, but veteran cashiers could check you out just as fast with these old-style machines as their modern counterparts do with today's scanners.

Film Projector
One of the jobs of the classroom A/V squad captain was to run the film projector on movie days. The rapid tick-tick-tick of the sprockets really was that loud and usually accompanied by shouts of "Turn it up!" and, of course, "Focus!"

Broken Record
Remember when you'd beg mom over and over for something and she'd finally yell, "You sound like a broken record!"? She wasn't referring to pops or hisses, but the repetitive effect that happened when the needle got stuck and played the same few notes over and over and over again.

Phoner: How many of these you remember from your past?

posted by: Kathy Keene 15 month(s) ago Comment On This Post


Hold That Ring Tone!

Wednesday, Aug, 21 2013

HOLD THAT RINGTONE
Your cell phone ringtone tells others a lot about your personality. Ringtones can be loud, obnoxious and very revealing. If you've never given it a thought, you might want to consider the message you're sending before you let your phone ring at work or in a crowded environment. So, what does your ringtone say about you?

• Vibrate -- You are uber-responsible and considerate, concerned above all else that your personal calls not bother anyone. Thank you.
• Standard ring -- You're showing your age and your inability to master technology. What? You don't know how to change the ringtone?
• Classic rock song -- When it comes to looking old, this isn't much better than the standard ring that comes with the phone.
• "Jingle Bells" -- If it's December, you get points for being current with the season. If it's June, you're lazy and indolent.
• Disco beat -- It makes you look as dated as those gold chains and that white suit hanging in the back of your closet.
• Hip-hop or R&B -- You're young, cool and enjoy annoying the old folks so you may delay answering your phone just to let that song annoy them a little longer.
• Classical music -- You must be a genius.
• Country music -- You're as American as Mom and apple pie.
• Jazz -- You're independent and strong-willed.
• TV theme song -- You didn't graduate, did you?
• Animal noises -- You think you're hilarious. Others think you're bothersome.
• Your own voice -- You are so conceited and pompous.
• You change your ringtone -- a lot -- You are fickle, capricious and undependable. Either that or you get bored easily.

posted by: Kathy Keene 15 month(s) ago Comment On This Post


Asleep At The Wheel

Tuesday, Aug, 20 2013

ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL
Do you multitask behind the wheel, such as reading and sending text messages, making phone calls or even eating a meal? Well, there's just one problem. That kind of behavior can kill you. 80% of all car crashes and 65% of near-crashes involve some form of driver inattention during the three seconds before the event, according to a study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute in Blacksburg, Virginia. U.S. News & World Report has identified the top five riskiest driving distractions:

Texting
Of all the distractions occupying a driver's attention, this is the most dangerous. When you read or type a text message, you are 23.2 times more likely to crash than a non-distracted driver. If you can't stop yourself, the government will try. Eighteen states and the District of Columbia have already banned text messaging while driving, and a bill pending in Congress would make it illegal nationwide. Dialing a Cell Phone Taking your eyes off the road for just those few seconds it takes to dial your cell phone is enough to up your risk of a crash by 2.8 times. And if you dial a phone while driving a heavy vehicle or truck, that risk increases to 5.9 times.

Dealing With Your Kids
Passengers of any age are always a distraction, but the risk increases when those passengers are rowdy or rambunctious children, who don't understand how their behavior--from loud talking to arguing--can affect a driver. When kids misbehave in the car, parents naturally take their eyes off the road, and the result could be tragic.

Playing With the Controls
If you want to play that new CD or turn on the navigation system, set the controls before you pull out of your parking space, especially if you have a touchscreen that can only be operated if you look at it.

Eating
You wouldn't think munching a burger or sipping a soft drink would be deadly distractions, but they are. Dashboard dining doubles your risk of a crash. Some foods are more dangerous than others, especially hot liquids and greasy or gooey foods since they are more likely to spill.

posted by: Kathy Keene 15 month(s) ago Comment On This Post


Favorite Ice Cream Flavors

Monday, Aug, 19 2013

Chocolate ice cream is the number one favorite flavor of ice cream, according to a Harris Poll in which 27 percent said chocolate is their favorite. Coming in right behind chocolate are vanilla and cookie dough/cookies and cream.
The top 10 favorite flavors of ice cream:
1. Chocolate: 27 percent
2. Vanilla: 23 percent
3. Cookie dough/cookies and cream: 22 percent
4. Butter pecan/Swiss almond and mint chocolate chip (tie): 19 percent
5. Strawberry: 14 percent
6. Rocky road: 12 percent
7. Peanut butter: 10 percent
8. Coffee: 9 percent
9. Cherry vanilla: 8 percent

Multiple responses were accepted so the total adds up to more than 100 percent. Here's more:
• 45 percent like to eat their ice cream in a cup, compared with 31 percent who prefer a cone, 16 percent who like it in a sundae and 4 percent who choose an ice cream sandwich.

• When it comes to favorite toppings, 53 percent of those who eat ice cream choose hot fudge, while 41 percent want nuts, 39 percent prefer whipped cream and 38 percent choose caramel.
• Other favorite toppings include fruit, such as strawberries or bananas (31 percent), sprinkles (20 percent), candy bits (17 percent) and marshmallow (11 percent).
• 16 percent are purists and prefer to eat their ice cream plain.
• 2 percent say they don't eat ice cream.

posted by: Kathy Keene 15 month(s) ago Comment On This Post


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